News reported on Monday that President Donald Trump's lawyers are talking with FBI investigators about a potential interview between Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team and the president, and even looking for ways to possibly avoid it happening altogether.
"Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a U.S. president", the Democrats' report charged.
FBI investigators have reportedly not requested to hold an interview with Vice President Pence in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russian election interference.
"Frankly, its an agreement that I have no problem with, but I had a problem with the agreement that they signed, because, as usual, they made a bad deal", Trump told a news conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
In June, Trump said he was "100 percent" willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey.
"What I did is - I was going to fire Comey, my decision", Trump said at the time.
Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California caused an uproar earlier this week by releasing the transcript of private conversations between congressional investigators and a political researcher who, on behalf of Democrats, hired a former British spy in 2016 to document any ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. According to the report, the president enlisted White House counsel Don McGahn to help prevent Sessions from recusing himself from the investigation.
His posts spoke to an earlier chapter in this saga in which Washington took a detour about "wiretapping" and "unmasking", following Trump tweets from March 2017.
Trump emphasized the circumstances around Clinton's interview with the FBI, which took place at the end of a lengthy FBI investigation, and a day before Comey recommended that no criminal charges be filed, despite finding Clinton had been "grossly negligent" in handling of classified information. Its co-founder, Glenn Simpson, described the document as "a collection of field memoranda, of field interviews" in testimony before the senior staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee in August. "We're going to see what happens", the U.S. president said.
The United States intelligence community believes that the Russian government was engaged in electoral interference during the 2016 US presidential election.
"It's a Democrat hoax that was brought up as an excuse for losing an election", Trump commented, adding: "I'll speak to attorneys".
French President Emmanuel Macron in December said he would not agree to a renegotiation but was hopeful the USA would return to the accord.Analysts have said the United States withdrawal from the Paris agreement makes it more hard for the world to reach the goals that it set for itself in the Paris agreement.
When asked whether he would talk to Mueller's team, Trump deflected the question by repeatedly stating there was "no collusion" between his campaign team and Russian Federation.
The committee is expected to hear at least one witness related to the Russian Federation probe as soon as next week: Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump had hit back at critics casting doubt on whether he has the mental fitness to be president.
The CIA and Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.
Still, the release was a blow the two lawmakers' earlier attempts at bipartisanship on the committee's Russian Federation investigation.
Feinstein faces a primary from California state Senate leader Kevin de Leon.
Trump says Friday: "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used". He's also cooperating with the investigation after reaching a plea deal.
In October, Mr Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business associate Rick Gates were accused of conspiring to defraud the U.S. in dealings with Ukraine.